Players Vote James Harden, Not Stephen Curry, MVP At First NBPA Awards

Stephen Curry was the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the 2014-15 season, but apparently the players didn’t agree with that selection.

At the league’s first annual NBPA Basketball Players Awards, which was televised Tuesday night, Houston Rockets guard James Harden was voted MVP over the Golden State Warriors guard. Curry didn’t go home empty-handed, though, as he took home the Hardest to Guard Award and the Clutch Performer Award.

It still would be interesting to see how close the MVP votes were among players because Curry and Harden’s regular season and playoff numbers from this season were nearly identical, and there are solid arguments to vote for either player.

Harden had a whopping 10 games with 40-plus points — two of them were 50-plus — to Curry’s three and also dropped 45 points on Curry’s Warriors in Game 4 the Western Conference Finals to avoid a sweep. However, he followed that performance with a Game 5 collapse, giving up a playoff-record 12 turnovers and scoring just 14 points.

Still, Curry likely isn’t complaining that his fellow players chose Harden over him, as the Warriors were the ones who ended up with the NBA championship.

Thumbnail photo via Thomas B. Shea/USA TODAY Sports Images

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